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Officer Shot, Killed In Confrontation With Pedestrian

Officer Shot, Killed In Confrontation With Pedestrian

Patrolman Christopher Matlosz

Associated Press

January 15, 2011

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — A man was being questioned by a police officer who had driven up to him on a residential street Friday afternoon when he pulled a handgun from his clothing and fired three bullets into the officer in what the county prosecutor called “a heinous, execution-style killing.”

A massive manhunt was under way in this community near the Jersey shore for the killer of Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, who had just transferred from the night shift a week ago and was engaged to be married next year.

His fiancee rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour after the shooting.

“This is a terrible tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to Officer Matlosz’s family, friends, fellow officers and the entire New Jersey law enforcement community,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “While the facts are still being gathered, we support the Lakewood police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in their work to bring swift justice to whomever is responsible.”

Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said Matlosz never saw it coming. She said the officer was conducting “a routine stop” of the suspect, chatting with him for a few minutes, leading authorities to believe the two may have been acquainted with each other before the shooting.

“This was an encounter that was between the officer and the person, not hostile,” she said. “The individual stepped back and suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot the officer.”

While the suspect fled on foot, a neighbor called 911 just after 4 p.m. to report an officer down. Matlosz was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he died in the trauma unit. He is survived by his mother and a brother.

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s or late teens, stockily built with sunken eyes and puffy cheeks. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans slung so low that gray boxer shorts were visible, according to a witness account to police.

Officers were swarming the neighborhood and several helicopters were swooping low over homes and trees in the area. State Attorney General Paula Dow promised the killer would be caught.

“I am deeply saddened to learn about the fatal shooting of Lakewood police Officer Chris Matlosz, who lost his life in the line of duty this evening,” Dow said. “Rest assured, the suspect responsible for this horrific act will be apprehended and brought to justice.”

The State Policeman’s Benevolent Association is offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect, according to the group’s spokesman, Jim Ryan.

Matlosz, 27, joined the department Aug. 14, 2006, and had just transferred to the evening shift after more than three years on the midnight shift, police Chief Robert Lawson said. He lived in nearby Manchester Township.

“Chris was one of our most popular officers,” the chief said. “You might say he was the best of us. He was very dedicated to his job. I have a lot of accolades about him from the public.”

His death was the second shooting incident involving a Lakewood police officer in recent years.

In September 2009, another Lakewood police officer, Patrolman Jonathan Wilson, was critically wounded when he was shot in the face during a gun and drug raid that resulted in a gun battle. Three other officers were shot but received lesser injuries.

A suspect in that case faces attempted murder charges.


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    Dep1870

    over 3 years ago

    188 Comments

    RIP

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    Straightshooter

    over 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Patrolman Christopher Matlosz. My Prayers for your Family, fiancee, friends and coworkers.

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    AZmeangreen

    over 3 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    Rscheiterle

    over 3 years ago

    1822 Comments

    RIP brother.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP brother.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Chris Matlosz, may the good Lord comfort your family and friends during this time of sorrow. Know that your fellow officers will not rest until this gang banger is brought to justice.

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother, Your family and friends will be in my prayers, I hope that the coward is caught quickly

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    gradyg

    over 3 years ago

    1118 Comments

    GOD BLESS and RIP, I don't think there should have ever been one man police units riding around in cities of this country considering the way society is today. There are people out there who just don't care about Law and Order and have nothing on their mind but to harm a Police Officer. My thinking is two is always better then one the practice of one man patrol shouldn't be no more. STAY SAFE.

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    Smith218

    over 3 years ago

    62 Comments

    RIP my brother! I hate to hear when anything like this ever happenes!!! And my GOD be with his family too!!!

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5892 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    drasko

    over 3 years ago

    104 Comments

    R.I.P. brother

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    GeorgiaBLUE

    over 3 years ago

    3226 Comments

    RIP -To my brother in blue. Now you can walk Heaven's beat. Your family, friends, and co-workers are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bles!

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    ddeangelo

    over 3 years ago

    176 Comments

    God be with our officers, and their families in these tragicly hard times, when loosing afollow officers, friends , co works, and beloved memebers of their family and unit.

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    chiefkcr

    over 3 years ago

    3614 Comments

    RIP Brother. GOD be with you and yours.

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    Kinder_mapp

    over 3 years ago

    4160 Comments

    RIP. Prayers to all the families.

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